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    [HARD MOD]750GB HDD + twice the battery capacity in the dock

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    Last edited by goodintentions; 02-18-2012 at 02:31 PM.

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    Ye Gods! I vote this the most hardcore mod of all!

    Can you describe what you connect the USB pins of the hard drive to? Perhaps a close-up of that? Do you still have both USB ports of your dock usable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    So, I've added a 500 gb hard drive to the dock while keeping the battery. There's no bulge in the keyboard at all!

    That's right, all batteries, all parts are still there! The only difference is I've rearranged all the inner crap around to make the 500 gb fit. Asus, if you're reading this, take notes

    Anyway, here are the pictures. Remember that all I've removed are some plastic pieces that serve no other purpose than to keep things in place. All electronic parts are still there. It's like trying to work out a piece of puzzle. Well, I've finally found a combination that works!

    Well, here are some pictures. Now, I have a laptop-tablet hybrid with a 500 gb hard drive and 16 hours of battery life!

    A side note, I really really tried to figure out a way to add more battery on top of this. No possible way.



















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    By the way, constructive negative feedback are welcome. Non-constructive vague, misleading generalizations are also welcome but with an attitude of annoyance. I did this hardware mod fully aware that I voided my warranty. What can I say? I'm adventurous like that.

    Like some people have mentioned before while doing a tear down of the dock, there's just a lot of unused room in there. The problem is those unused room are scattered all over the place. What I have done is move the electronics around so that everything is still there + a 500 gb hard drive.

    I highly recommend against this hard mod for everyone else but me. If you're going to do this, I take no responsibility if you screw up. The mod requires some very delicate soldering. So, please, don't follow my foot steps.

    Anyway, as far as I'm concern, I'm the only person in the world as of this moment with a tablet-laptop hybrid that has a 500 gb hard drive. Damn, I feel special
    Damn you are special... great job....
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    A. I'm jealous

    B. You da man

    C. I'm still jealous

    Sounds awesome. Good luck getting through the airport X-ray scanners though.
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    You obviously thought this threw and did a great job. I am wondering if you considered 250G Flash Memory? Was it the expense?

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    Very cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    I kinda hesitate to give details on this. This is an extremely delicate mod. Some of the places I had to solder are the size of a pinhead. There are also tiny switches that disable certain parts of the device. And they are very easy to accidentally switch. I'm kinda afraid less experienced people might try to follow my footsteps will screw up big time and killing their dock.

    The potential was there. I took full advantage of this potential.
    Thats ok. The information in the preceeding post have all the info I need. Question though, is there any electronics between the 40 pin connector to the tablet and the usb port?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Yes. Not much, but there's a board there. Why don't you just open it up and see for yourself
    Partly laziness, partly unwilling to void warranty. Maybe someday

    You'd also need a SATA to USB adapter. Which one did you use? Does it support spin down on idle?

    Don't think I will ever add a hard disk to mine, but your mod started me thinking of possibilities. A really fantastic mod, thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodintentions View Post
    Then why in the world did you ask?
    I want to know how easy it is to add a USB port to the dock without the entire keyboard dock. The USB dongle doesn't look like it is ever going to ship.

    Why the hostility?

 

 
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